August 28, 2014

Topanga Canyon Gallery 2014 Fall Membership Drive

 Applications are due by September 13. Since the 1960s there has been a gallery in Topanga Canyon, sometimes under a different name, such as the New Canyon Gallery, but the mission is always the same: to promote the arts of the region. Topanga, long known as a haven for artists, writers and musicians, continues to attract creative types and their patrons follow. Gallery artists come from the Canyon and the surrounding communities represen… [Read More...]

Prestigious Ojai Studio Artists Tour, October 11-13

 The 31st annual self-guided Ojai Studio Artists Tour, one of the premier art events in California, is set for Columbus Day weekend, October 11-13. This is the first three-day event in the Tour’s history. Fifty artists’ studios throughout the breathtaking Ojai Valley will be open each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event begins at the Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai, CA. The 2014 Tour features the work of six new OSA artists. This yea… [Read More...]

Fresh Focus 2014: The Story Behind the Shot—Photo Auction, Raffle, Oct. 19

 Music and movies mix it up with fine art photographs at this year’s Fresh Focus charity auction benefiting City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts. “Fresh Focus 2014: The Story Behind the Shot” has amped up the excitement with donations of rare music, movie and fine art photography. Five previously unreleased Beatles images captured by iconic Rock photographer Jim Marshall will be the centerpiece of this yea… [Read More...]

Film: The Hundred-Foot Journey Plods Every Step of the Way

 Food film is heavy on fat, lean on content. Cars that transform, adolescent reptiles and geezer action stars that need walkers would be one way to describe the crop of this summer’s Lacklusters. However, consider that two films about chefs (three if you count Jon Favreau’s superb Le Chef) and French cuisine have come out within a month of each other. How could this not be the story of the summer? Unlike Favreau’s … [Read More...]

TPA Film Night, Burning in the Sun, September 5

 The award-winning documentary Burning in the Sun follows 26-year-old Daniel Dembélé as he returns to his homeland in Mali to start a local business building recycled solar panels from scraps—the first of its kind in this sun-drenched nation near the Sahara Desert. His goal is to electrify the households of rural communities, 99 percent of which live without power. Burning in the Sun is the story of Daniel’s journey of… [Read More...]

Julian Marley Headlined Another Magnificent Reggae ‘Pon the Mountain

 A capacity crowd filled the ball field and surrounding parking lot of the Topanga Community Club when the legendary Julian Marley and The Uprising headlined the 5th Annual Reggae ‘Pon the Mountain on Saturday, August 16. According to concert promoter Label 27, online ticket sales easily tripled last year’s sales and that didn’t include the huge walk-in crowd! The young concert promoters were also pleased to announce … [Read More...]

TV: “The Knick” is a Bloody Good Time

 Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen team up for the summer’s biggest hit. Not to sound negative but the best thing about Cinemax’s “The Knick” is that it’s everything that recent medical dramas aren’t. No McDreamy, no McSteamy, late-night house calls from a private practice or a misanthrope badgering his team. When you combine one of cinema’s most subversive directors in Steven Soderbergh with one of film’s gloomiest actors… [Read More...]

Music: Sarah Jaffe Stays Connected

  Indie artist combines high tech sound with bared soul. Listening to Sarah Jaffe’s third album, it’s hard to correlate the artist who released Suburban Nature in 2010 as the same artist who has just released Don’t Disconnect. In addition to a welcomed change in sound, Jaffe remains a talented singer-songwriter whose sonic palette is ever expanding. Don’t Disconnect is definitively and proudly a pop record. While the term is anachronistic and mo… [Read More...]